Remake-A-Tron 9000 has a new target. One that it has hit with its remake-ray a few times before. The Thing.
Blumhouse and Universal Studios are teaming for another run at this well respected horror tale. But wait! It’s a slightly different tack. It will be Frozen Hell, and it will be a new version of the original story that eventually evolved into both John Carpenters touchstone The Thing, in 1982, as well as it’s 1951 predecessor from a Howard Hawks – The Thing From Another World, plus inspired the 2011 prequel.
In 1938 John W. Campbell Jr published a novella for Astounding Science Fiction magazine entitled Who Goes There?
Exciting news came in 2018 when a man called John Betancourt discovered that the original novella was actually an abridged version of a full novel. The short story was cut dramatically in order to fit the magazine format.
A full version, containing backstory, extrapolation, character building and much more had laid secret and undiscovered for many years. This was entitled Frozen Hell.
A Kickstarter (hey, we remember one of those!) was set up to rescue the novel and get it published. Then the studios came hunting.
This week, Betancourt and producer Alan Donnes gave an update via the Kickstarter website. A movie is fully funded and ready to go! Betancourt:
“The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it’s being fast-tracked.”
Donnes then posted something on Facebook that was quickly taken down:
“It’s official. I received my signed contract and first check. I am executive producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades.
Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s ‘The Thing from Another World,’ John Carpenter’s classic ‘The Thing’ and both books, ‘Frozen Hell’ and ‘Who Goes There?’”.
No word yet on directors, stars or release dates.